This Mercedes-Benz LG3000 was a military cargo truck used by the Nazis under the command of Colonel Dietrich. Following the destruction of the Flying Wing, Dietrich opted to drive the Ark to Cairo and fly it to Germany from there.
The Ark was loaded in the back with a contingent of seven soldiers to guard it. During transport, it was hijacked by Indiana Jones, who threw all of the soldiers out. During the ordeal, the truck sustained a variety of damages including, but not limited to: loss of the passenger's side door, a torn back canvas, loss of the Mercedes hood ornament, partial damage to the truck's grill, and a broken windshield. However, it survived and Jones successfully drove it to Cairo, where it was hidden from sight at Omar's Garage.
Behind the scenes
The truck used in Raiders of the Lost Ark was a mock-up built using a GMC CCKW. However, the Mercedes-Benz LG300 truck was a real vehicle used by German forces during World War II. Unlike the movie, it was drawn in the Marvel Comics' comic book adaptation as a generic four-wheeled truck.
The primary cargo truck used in the filming of Raiders of the Lost Ark, complete with the mounted poles capped with golf balls to aid stuntmen, is on permanent display in the queue area of Indiana Jones Adventure: Temple of the Forbidden Eye in Disneyland.
- Raiders of the Lost Ark
- Raiders of the Lost Ark (novel)
- LEGO Indiana Jones: The Original Adventures (Non-canonical appearance)
Notes and references
- Fun facts of Disneyland's Indiana Jones Temple of the Forbidden Eye see "Digs" heading